Addy Battel of Cass City was one of four local leaders among 100 visionaries recognized nationally as part of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives search, which honors individuals shaping rural communities and agriculture for the better.
The awards to the four leaders were given at GreenStone Farm Credit Services' centennial celebration Sept. 21 at the State Capitol in Lansing.
"Farm Credit has supported rural communities and agriculture for a century, and while we are excited to mark this milestone, we are focused on what the next 100 years will hold," said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone President and CEO. "We are proud to honor these individuals whose fresh perspectives are shaping the future of the agricultural industry and promoting the success of our rural communities."
The honorees were selected by a panel of experts from a nationwide pool of approximately 1,000 nominations. Visit farmcredit100.com/top100 for a complete list of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees.
At age 13, Addy Battel is already a driving force in her community, where she's helped start a junior high FFA chapter and a 4-H club, serving as president for both. Addy also has been instrumental in starting a hunger relief project, a dairy education clinic, and her own maple syrup and meat businesses.
"While I enjoy being successful myself, I most enjoy watching other teens be successful and strive to lead others to success through my example," Addy said. "4-H and FFA have been inspiring, as I am able to watch others grow with me as I make lifelong friends with the same interests."
Addy shows hogs, dairy cows, goats and poultry and, for the first time this year, a feeder steer. She teaches other students to show, particularly her two young brothers with special needs. She's opened up her barn this year to make it available for students without their own facilities to raise their animals and is there to help them choose animals and learn to care for and show them. At a county fair event, Addy noticed a boy in a wheelchair unable to touch the rabbit she was showing. A problem solver with a big heart, Addy took hold of his bare foot and helped him pet the rabbit in his own way.
"I believe the future of agriculture depends on our future generations, the agriculturalists like my friends and me who are still young," Addy said. "But we don't need to wait to make a difference. Even if we can't vote or drive, we are agvocates and we can educate and create a better future now."
To learn more about Battel and the other local honorees, visit the following websites:
For more about GreenStone's and the Farm Credit Service's centennial, visit http://www.greenstonefcs.com
- Amanda Zaluckyj, blogger, The Farmer's Daughter USA, Coloma
- Adam Montri, owner and operator of Ten Hen Farms, Bath
- Alex Bryan, director of Agriculture for the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Lansing
- Addy Battel, student, 4-H and FFA leader, Cass City